FAIRFAX, Va. – The St. Bonaventure University softball team dropped a pair of contests at George Mason Saturday afternoon to begin the 2021 season on the road.
Saturday's games were the first official action in over a year for the Bonnies following last year's spring sports shutdown.
In game one, Grace Perechinsky clubbed a long home run in the fourth inning to pace the Bona offense and tie the game, 2-2. George Mason (4-0, 2-0 A-10) scored three in the bottom of the fifth, however, to break the tie and send the Patriots to victory.
Freshman Kennedy Haberl brought home the tying run in the top of the six in game two. The Bonnies (0-2, 0-2 A-10) had a chance to tie the game in the seventh, getting a runner in scoring position at second but could not bring her home.
GAME 1 – George Mason 5, St. Bonaventure 2 – Box Score (PDF)
Senior Grace Perechinsky blasted a two-run home run over the left field fence in the top of the fourth to bring the Bonnies even with the Patriots, 2-2.
Prior to the St. Bonaventure home run, George Mason had jumped out to the early lead thanks to an RBI single in the first inning and a run-scoring ground out in the third.
In the bottom of the fifth, George Mason's Rachel Warren brought home two on a single through the left side, giving the Patriots a 4-2 advantage in what would turn out to be the game-winning hit.
Warrens would come around to score on an error later in the fifth to extend the George Mason lead.
Tierney Fitzgerald tossed a complete game in the circle. The junior pitcher struck out seven while allowing nine hits and four earned runs.
GAME 2 – George Mason 2, St. Bonaventure 1 – Box Score (PDF)
Haberl singled through the left side in the top of the sixth to tie the game late, 1-1.
The Patriots jumped out to a lead on a sacrifice fly off the bat off Verstynen during the third inning.
After the Bonnies drew even, George Mason was quick to take back momentum when EJ Bankson doubled home the go-ahead run in the bottom half of the sixth with the winning tally.
St. Bonaventure junior Ally Haskell struck out six Patriots batters while working a complete game. She allowed six hits and two earned runs and did not walk a single batter in an impressive season debut in the circle.
Emily Lewandowski finished game two 2-for-2 with a pair of singles and a run scored.
The Bonnies and Patriots are back at it Sunday afternoon with another Atlantic 10 doubleheader. Game one is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m.